President Garfield’s Condition: July 9, 1881, 1:00 PM

Portraits of Garfield's six doctors surround an illustration of the President on his sickbedEXECUTIVE MANSION,
July 9, 1881.

1.00 P. M.
The condition of the President continues to be favorable.  Pulse, 104; temperature 101.2°; respiration, 22.

D. W. BLISS,
J. J. WOODWARD,
J. K. BARNES,
ROBERT REYBURN.

The next bulletin will be issued at 8.30 P. M.

This post is one of a series reenacting the official bulletins released to the public by the physicians to President Garfield during his illness after the shooting on July 2, 1881.

2 comments

  1. These bulletins are fascinating. Thanks so much for putting this very valuable and interesting information out there for public consumption. I guess these daily updates on the President’s condition would be the late-19th century version of Twitter updates! Thanks again.

    1. Yes! Indeed, they were very often transmitted by telegraph around the country and overseas, another technology that encouraged brevity. Unfortunately most are over 140 characters!

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